Morocco is a North African country having numerous attractions and alluring points. Some of these attractions are discussed below;
Atlas Mountain is considered to be the greatest mountain range of North Africa containing some of the most intriguing and beautiful regions of Morocco. Atlas Mountain is considered as a North Africa’s premier trekking destination. The mountain is a great site for the people who are casual day hikers and regular mountaineers. The appealing routes in the region endeavoring both staggering peaks and well trodden passes are a plus point in the beauty of Atlas. Numerous villages having beautiful landscapes surrounding this mountain further enhances the beauty of this peak. The Atlas mountain range stretches over an area about 2,500 km across Northwestern Africa stretching over Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco. The Atlas has Berber villages and riven with canyons. The highest peak of this range called Toubkal is as tall as 4,167 meters. This peak is situated within Toubkal National park of Morocco. The mountains are hub to a variety of animal and plant species that are marvel in Africa. Some of these species are endangered and some of them have already gone extinct including Barbary Leopard, Barbary Stag, Atlas bear (extinct), Barbary Macaque, Barbary sheep, Barbary lion (extinct), North African elephant (extinct), North African aurochs (extinct), Cuvier’s gazelle, Atlas cedar, Northern bald ibis, Atlas mountain viper, European black pine and the Algerian oak.
Majorelle Garden is a beautified botanical garden having exotic plants and ravishing fountains stretching over an area of 12 acres. This garden is considered as an artistic landscape in Marrakech Morocco. The design of this garden was given by the Expatriate French artist Jacques Majorelle between 1920’s and 30’s so the park was named after its architect. The garden is also a home to the Islamic art museum of Marrakech having a wide range of North African textiles as well as jewellery, paintings and ceramics by Majorelle. The pools, fountains and streams in the garden create a sense of peace and relaxation to its visitors. The remarkable sound of trickling water along with an amalgamation of the sweet voice of bulbul give you a experience which you have not have before. Numerous bird species featuring black birds, house sparrows, warblers, turtle doves, grey wagtails, great tits and robins are present to enhance the peace of this place.
Souss- Massa National Park is referred as one of the most significant parks of Morocco. The park covers an area of 33,800 ha and was created in 1991. It is among the biggest bird reserves. The spectacular wild area of cliffs, farmland, coastal steppes, sand dunes and forests makes this place a worth mentioning. The southern and in the Massa coastal lagoon is eminent for bird watchers. The most appropriate time for bird watching is from March to April and from October to November. The biggest attraction of the park is the presence of northern bald ibis. The birds present in the park include cormorants, warblers, marbled ducks, greater flamingos, ospreys and flocks of sand grouse. A variant species of animals are also found here including red foxes, Eurasian wild boars, wild cats, jackals and genets. It also has some special species which are dispersed from the south. These species include addaxes, scimitar- horned oryxes, dorcas, red- necked ostriches and drama guzzles. Near to the Souss- Massa there is two and four person Berber tents, simply cool tented restaurant and African themed rooms with balconies that will make your trip a further good.
Rabat Archeological Museum as the name is indicating is an archeological museum in Rabat. The museum was opened in 1932 and contains the most extensive and huge collection of archeological artifacts found in the whole country. The museum has a wide collection of objects pertaining to prehistoric and pre- Islamic time. The ground floor of the museum has a collection of stone artifacts on display related to prehistoric cultures. Axes, arrows, swords, polished stones, items of pottery, altars, tomb fragments, rock carvings and stelae carved with some inscriptions are some of the tools that the museum has on its display. The pre-Islamic collection of the museum contains cooking utensils like plates, glasses, dishes and knives on display that reveal much about everyday life of that particular time period and the relation between Morocco and Carthage. A number of notable marble statues are also the part of the museum.
Being a Muslim country the majority of the people living here are Muslims with more than 99% population adhering to Islam while Christianity is the religion of the remaining natives followed by some other religions so religious sites belonging to religions other than Islam are very frequent. Casablanca Cathedral is one of those few religious sites. It is a former Roman Catholic Church located in Casablanca which was built in 1930. The church was mapped by French architect Paul Tourmon. The church ceased its religious activities after the independence of Morocco in 1956 and from that time uptill now is serving as a cultural center for visitors. This unused church can be said as an astonishing architectural gem. A pleasant amalgamation of Moroccan, Neo- Gothic and Art deco features cannot be found anywhere other than Casablanca Cathedral.
Dar el Makhzen also known as Palais Royal is the primary and official residency of the king of Morocco. It is located in the Touraga commune of Rabat. The palace is situated near the end of Mechouar that is a large parade ground also having a small mosque. This parade ground is eminent for having large gatherings for locals as well as foreign ceremonies. Other than being a residential space for the king and the royal family, the palace also has the college royal, a cookery school and a ground floor library that was built in order to preserve the manuscript collection of Hassan II. The ravishing grounds and gardens that were designed with traditional Arabic motives, French formality and the local horticulture surely enhance the beauty of this place.
Ibn Danan Synagogue is a synagogue in Fes Morocco. It was built in 17th century by Mimoun bin Sidan who was a wealthy merchant from the town at that time. The synagogue was not in an appropriate state so it was restored with the aid of UNESCO in 1999. The place is very simple apparently but is a must see. There is no specific time for visiting so the guardian will normally let you in and tells about the main sites including a Mikva (ritual bath) located in the basement.
Mausoleum of Mohammed V is a famous historical building situated at the opposite side of Hassan Tower in Rabat. The construction of this Mausoleum was started in 1962 and was completed in 1971.The Mausoleum contains the tombs of Moroccan king and two of his sons (late Hassan II and Prince Abdullah). The building is considered to be as a masterpiece of modernize Alaouite dynasty architecture. Green color usage is referred as the focusing thing here, green being the color of Islam. This burial place of three significant members of the Royal family is a worth to visit as it is a tomb and a mosque also. This mausoleum was built on the order of King Hassan II who decided to make this place as a memorial for his late father Sultan Mohammed V. This spectacular place is surely a place of respect and prestige being a religious site as well as a monument to a great ruler.
If you are looking for a fast paced trip then you cannot find something better than Morocco Kasbahs and Desert. This shortly timed but sweet adventure endeavors a great combination of must see highlights of Morocco and a bit of free time to explore places by your own. Imagining the tour of dunes on a camel and the experience of going to Sahara on an overnight camping excursion is simply adorable. Your this trip in the Morocco Kasbahs and Deserts will give you a chance to let you know about the history and rugged natural beauty of the mysterious Morocco.
Hassan II Mosque is named after the king Hassan II. The mosque is in Casablanca that was completed in 1993. The building of this mosque had a great expense and artistic labor and as a result one of the largest and most beautiful mosque in the world turned out. The main purpose for building this mosque was to give Casablanca a marvel landmark monument. The mosque was designed by French architect Michael Pinseau and the construction is it was started in July 1986. The aim of its makers was to inaugurate this mosque on the 60th birthday of the king Hassan II in 1989 but unfortunately the mission was not accomplished and the construction ended up not being finished until August 30, 1993. All the material used in the construction was from inside Morocco with only a few exceptions including white granite columns and glass chandeliers from near the Venice. A huge number of people were employed to fulfill the task of its making. 6000 people (including Moroccan masterly trained craftsmen and artisans) were the part of this great construction. Muslims visitors are allowed in the mosque at the five prayer times and for special Friday services but the non- Muslims need a guider to be with them while visiting the mosque.
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